A warning from the Nebraska State Patrol. During the holidays there are many Grinch’s out there ready to steal your Christmas joy. Major Mark Funkhouser is with the State Patrol’s Investigative Services says this is the time of year when people are looking to pad their own pockets at the expense of others.
Many “too good to be true” offers are made via email this time of year. He says many scammers are using catchy names like “secret shopper” or “Nigerian” to tempt the victim into opening the email and attachment. Usually contained are opportunities to get rich quick by either working at home or from a wealthy person in Africa that will share his or her millions with you if you advance them cash.
Major Funkhouser says another email scam actually can scare a victim into handing over money. He says this email says the receiver was being watched and that a contract has been put on their life. However, if they pay “x” amount of money they will cancel the hit. However, if they contact law enforcement they will go ahead with the murder for hire. Major Funkhouser says the fact is they don’t even know who these people are.
Major Funkhouser says the best advice he can offer is… “If it is too good to be true it probably is”.
If a person falls for an email scam the Nebraska state Patrol encourages you to contact your local law enforcement office.